I lucked into a pair of tickets to the Heritage Classic at BC Place yesterday where the Canucks took on the Senators. A fantastic concept, this whole idea of doing games in stadiums they weren’t meant to be played in, and the best part wasn’t actually watching the game but all of the peripheral stuff surrounding it. Some of that stuff was actually fluff – cotton fluff that I didn’t realize was not real snow until earlier this morning when I was told it was cotton.
First off, the awkwardness between our “star” goalie, Roberto Luongo, and our backup goalie, Eddie Lack, who started for us in a bizarre decision by Canucks coaching staff. I get that Lack was on a streak or whatever but I saw this game as being the single most interesting and meaningful game in the club’s history (if we had won a cup, that winning game would be the most interesting, but this tops it for me), but not starting the main event at the main event seemed disrespectful. I cringed when people “Luuuuu’d” every time Lack’s name was mentioned or his face came on the jumbotron, but I felt for the guy as it wasn’t his decision to get started.